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West Ham under growing pressure to explain fan’s support for DFLA

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• Kick It Out in touch over supporter’s links to board • The fan was present when the board met Karren Brady West Ham are under increasing pressure to explain why their newly formed official supporters’ board (OSB) contains a member who has expressed support for the Democratic Football Lads Alliance, a group condemned by anti-racism campaigners.

He returned to his role in the academy last month after West Ham found there were not sufficient grounds to sack him.

I’m opposed to acts of terrorism as a political means of effecting change and marched on that basis.” He has previously expressed support for Mark Phillips, the West Ham Under-18s coach who also attended the march.

A Kick It Out spokesperson said: “We can confirm we have received two reports regarding Greg Smith, and we have referred them to the club.” Smith, a West Ham season-ticket holder, was asked whether his attendance at October’s DFLA march in London was compatible with his position as a fan representative.

A West Ham spokesperson said: “Members of the official supporters’ board are not appointed by the club, but by an independent panel.

Kick It Out, football’s anti-discrimination charity, has contacted the club after receiving complaints about Greg Smith, who was present when the 18-member OSB held its first meeting with Karren Brady, West Ham’s vice-chairman, and other club officials last week.

“The supporters receiving the highest score in each area were selected as a supporter representative.
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